I recently received the wonderful honor of being nominated for the Blogger Recognition award by M.L.S. Weech. He’s great, guys. Seriously. Have you read his book yet? To be nominated by him is . . . very flattering. Thank you Weech!
To accept the award I must:
Thank the blogger who nominated me and provide a link to his blog. (Done!)
Write a post to show my award. (You’re reading it.)
Give a brief story as to how my blog got started. (Below)
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. (Below)
Select 15 other bloggers for this award. (Below)
Comment on each blog to let them know I nominated them and link them to this post. (I will try my best.)
Ok, so here it goes.
How my blog got started . . .
Well, I was one of those people you’d call a “Mommy Blogger” for seven or so years on another hosting site. I loved it and found it a great way to write about the experiences I was having and to share with others what I’ve learned through the journey of motherhood. I’ve always been a writer and this is what kept me going. Then I started to get “really serious” about my writing career. I was learning so many exciting things about writing, things I had never learned in school. I needed a place to express my excitement about what I was learning and doing to advance my writing and so “The Excited Writer” was born. Since then it’s become a blog about life and writing, and writing about life.
My two pieces of advice for new bloggers?
- Believe in yourself. You can have a whole cheer leading squad and stadium full of fans cheering you on, but until you believe in yourself and that you are worth every effort you are putting into something, you just aren’t going to make it. You’re going to burn out or quit. So believe you can do something. If you fail, pick yourself up and try again. And remember, there’s more people in the world who want to see you succeed than there are of those who want you to fail –even if it doesn’t always seem like it.
- Be true to yourself on your blog. Be genuine. Be honest.
BONUS: (because I have to preach about one of my biggest pet peeves) Don’t have too many distracting ads on your blog. Seriously. I understand ads. I don’t mind them. However, if there’s so many I can’t even get to your content, then I’m gone. (Ok, soap box is gone now. You can pretend you didn’t just see that if you’d like.)
Bloggers I’d like to nominate for award (that haven’t already been nominated my Weech):
North of Andover (I love his writing glitches!)
Novelty Revisions (I love her down to earth advice.)
Red String Papercuts (I find Steve’s comments to always be supportive and encouraging.)(Yes, I know Weech nominated you too, but I just had to nominate you again.)
Allie Potts Writes (She has a mix of serious and fun posts that are always enjoyable to read.)
Write Thoughts (Adam is another one who always has supportive and encouraging comments and his blog is fun to read.)
Thoughts Stained With Ink (Nicole is brave. I enjoy her blog too.)
Michael Seidel (His comments are great too! And he’s got fun taste in music.)
(Can you kind of see how much I enjoy comments? 🙂
I’d also like to mention the Quintessential Editor also even though Weesh nominated him first.
Ok, this is no where near to fifteen. There’s just so many out there!
Again, I am very flattered to have been nominated for the blogger recognition award.
So what’s next for the Excited Writer? Well if you’re a regular here and have noticed my absence, it’s because I’m deep in editing mode. And . . . things got a little unbalanced in my life. I will probably be talking about how important routine is next week. Until then, have a great weekend!